The recall madness over at General Motors isn't letting up anytime soon, as evidenced by this latest call-back of 8,208 Chevrolet Malibu and Buick LaCrosse sedans. For those keeping track, this is the fifth recall that GM has announced in the past two weeks, not to mention the massive ignition-switch issue from earlier this year.
Chevrolet will be recalling 59,000 Malibu sedans in a pair of recalls, according to a report from Reuters. Around 15,000 cars are being recalled over concerns that a bad wiring harness could start a fire, while another 44,000 units need repairs for issues in the HVAC system.
First used as an upper trim level on the Chevrolet Chevelle in 1964 (shown above), the Malibu name is celebrating its 50th birthday for the 2014 model year. In that time, the Malibu has certainly gone through plenty of changes including eight different generations and a 14-year hiatus from 1983 to 1997.
In a move to spur sales of the Malibu, Chevrolet apparently is betting against its own Malibu Eco mild-hybrid by improving the base model's fuel efficiency in addition to updating the styling and interior, Automotive News reports. That's right, for 2014 the standard Malibu matches the Eco's 29 miles per gallon (for combined city/highway driving) through the use of stop-start technology and Intake Valve Lift Control on the base 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, as well as a revamped transmission. I
After a single model year on the market, Chevrolet gave its midsize Malibu a big makeover for 2014, but the changes aren't all about styling. Although the refreshed sedan isn't on sale yet, Chevy has released some important numbers for its new 'Bu: namely its EPA fuel economy figures and MSRP.
The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix – an event that first returned to the Motor City last year, to somewhat embarrassing results – kicks off today, with the big race events happening Saturday and Sunday. But before any of Chevy's Bowtie-badged race cars hit the track, we were able to get our first in-person look at the refreshed 2014 Malibu – a vehicle getting a host of upgrades after just one model year.
The 2014 Chevrolet Malibu, having stared at the Impala across the showroom floor for a year, gets nips and tucks all over inspired by its larger brother. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder in the base car will get a stop-start system and 23 city miles per gallon, 35 highway, each number representing a one-mpg improvement over the 2013 car. Output is 196 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque.